Bulgaria is a wonderful, beautiful, and fascinating country in the southeast corner of Europe. For millennia, it has been the transportation neck connecting Europe to Asia, Africa and the Middle East, a crossroad and melting pot for people from the entire eastern hemisphere. Home to ten UNESCO World Heritage sites, the variety of historical, cultural and natural beauty would keep even the most ardent fan busy for a lifetime. The Bulgarian people are warm, hard working, and especially kind to foreigners.
Yet the needs in this country are vast. Communism devastated Bulgarian society. Resource shortages, flight to countries offering better life opportunities, and crumbling local institutions have left Bulgarians facing many serious social and economic problems. Bulgaria is the poorest country in the European Union, with average wages only half those of the next poorest country, and less than 20% of the EU average. Schools are failing. The healthcare system is falling apart. Ninety percent of Bulgarian children are what we in the west would describe as being at risk.
In 2012, our team established the PINK Foundation to address the problems of underprivileged children and improve the life trajectory of Bulgarian kids. The PINK House is a safe place where children can make new friends, learn new skills, and receive encouragement from adults beyond their own families. Our goal is to help them achieve a happy, healthy and productive life through personal mentoring, after school activities, life skills training, and summer camps in the holistic PINK program designed. Critical for this effort is introducing them to Jesus, and every child is given an opportunity to hear his story.
In 2018, the PINK Foundation is embarking on a major new program to support the healthcare system in Bulgaria by training and deploying teens from the PINK Program as volunteers in hospitals, clinics, and public health operations around the country. This is an ambitious endeavor, and will take the better part of the next decade to achieve. We need trained nurses and other healthcare oriented specialists to help us turn this dream into reality.
Do you love people? Are you looking for a challenge? Do you want to get in on the ground floor of a program that has the potential to change an entire nation? As a Goer, your duties will be teaching first aid and other health care related skills to teens, liaising with public and private institutions to implement the health care volunteer program, and organizing combined short term visitor and local teen volunteer teams for public health initiatives around Bulgaria.
In addition to your official duties, you will develop personal relationships with students, co-workers, and friends through which you can take part in other areas of ministry including youth and student outreach, outdoor adventures, art and media clubs, English clubs, and many other activities offered by the PINK Foundation.
Required for this position:
Desire to work in Health Care.
Experience in Nursing or other similar field.
Willingness to teach all levels of students, including beginners.